International Women’s Day (IWD) is March 8, a day of celebrating the social, economic, political and cultural achievements around the world.
While Women’s History Month was first Congressionally recognized in the United States in 1981, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911.
This year’s global campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #EmbraceEquity. Equity and equality may sound like similar terms, but they mean different things when implemented in society. You can read a longer explanation here, but the basic idea is this: while equality means that everyone has the same access to resources and opportunities, equity recognizes that individuals in different circumstances may need different resources and opportunities to reach an equal outcome.
International Women’s Day encourages everyone to engage in a conversation about why equal opportunities aren’t enough, and how inclusion can require more equitable action.
There are many ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day. You can donate to one of these IWD-chosen female-focused charities, or donate your time or money to local Westchester organizations.
The Yonkers Public Library also has plenty of book recommendations for you to celebrate today and for the rest of women’s history month. Check out these blogs highlighting children’s books, Young Adult/Teen reads, adult books, and these staff picks.
Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.